The Cottage Journal

The Cottage Journal Autumn 2020


The Cottage Journal features decorating ideas, style tips, creative inspiration, and delicious recipes - and now you can enjoy every single page on the tablet! Create a warmer, more magical home with the beauty of nature and The Cottage Journal!

United States
Hoffman Media
5 期号


editor’s letter

INSPIRED BY HOME For most of us, decorating our homes, gardening outdoors, finding new hobbies, and cooking in the kitchen have been all the more important lately. Over the past few months, we have been challenged to think in new directions, and this has given everyone a chance to rethink goals and shuffle schedules. So, it is with great anticipation that we lean into autumn, for all its glory. Decked with seasonal splendor, this issue is packed with inspiring homes and gardens. Join us as we travel from New England to California—and even into Canada—and share the very best of autumn cottage style. There’s no better place to unwind and watch the changing leaves fall than a modern farmhouse in North Carolina, complete with wraparound porches that can’t help but exude cottage…

timeless earthenware

Boasting a variety of functional objects including planters, tableware, and tea sets, Majolica pottery is earthenware covered in a colorful tin glaze. Ancient history, exotic creatures, and agrarian imagery account for popular themes that are sure to include at least one of these five jewel tones: cobalt blue, antimony yellow, iron red, copper green, and manganese violet. Majolica pottery finds its origin in the Italian Renaissance. Italian ceramic artists observed new Spanish imports and adopted their techniques. Molds and three-dimensional pieces were introduced during the 19th century when the Minton company began producing the decorative pottery, debuted at London’s Great Exhibition in 1851. Following the Industrial Revolution, Minton hoped to capture the attention of the emerging middle class with the lively, practical earthenware pieces. Changes in tastes led to the eventual…

classic country style

Country cottage style knows no geographic bounds, appealing to those dwelling in cities, along the waterfront, and amid the rural countryside. Find inspiration in Cindy Smith Cooper’s newest release, Country Cottages, as she brings you relaxed elegance and rustic charm from homes across the country. Whether modern, traditional, or a blend of the two, each interior is carefully constructed into a soothing space that emanates the ease of a simpler lifestyle. Compiled within the book’s 220 pages are 16 homes to explore with interiors from some of the finest architects and interior designers in the country. Surrounded by scenic views of rolling hills or serene bodies of water, the cottages’ breathtaking settings play an integral role in shaping their style and layout. The personal nature of country style yields a design deeply…

new england influence

Anyone else who stepped into the derelict Colonial in Canton, Georgia, may have seen it as a lost cause. But to Amanda and Josh Becker, the missing cabinet doors, lack of functioning plumbing, and absence of usable appliances looked more like an opportunity. “Basically, we renovated it from top to bottom,” Amanda says, noting that they learned skills like tiling, plumbing, and painting while renovating and flipping their previous house. At the end of the transformation, the only things that remained of the home as they found it were the oak floors on the main level and an antique fireplace surround originally salvaged from a home in Alabama. Starting with the fresh canvas of warm white walls, Amanda went about discovering the style that best fit the spirit of the home. “In…

forever farmhouse

When North Carolina homeowners Maria and Jeff Ingle started dreaming up their third build together, they knew right away they were planning for their forever home. With that in mind, the couple made detailed plans to build a house that they’d not only love to live in, but also one in which they could comfortably gather and spend time with loved ones. The Ingles prepared a list of must-haves, including a living space with an open floor plan, lots of pocket doors, hardwood flooring throughout, and white walls with white trim. “This is my blank canvas and calms my mind,” Maria says. They also made sure the house faced east to ensure a scenic sunrise and sunset over their 10 acres. As you enter through the double front doors on the…

french country in tennessee

As an interior designer, Cindy McCord spends her days envisioning each client’s dream home, so when it came time for her and her husband to build their forever home in their beloved Tennessee town, she had a good idea of what she wanted. Cozy, comfortable, and traditional, their home is perfectly suited for the couple, their three children, and their three pets to grow into, all thanks to Cindy’s practical yet stunning design. “We built the home to our needs,” Cindy explains. “We took the time to design around our lifestyle as totally empty nesters when all the children were gone.” The home is designed in a horseshoe layout, almost enclosing the backyard to create a sort of secret garden for the family. The covered back porch is nestled in the center…